@Dan_Ramos @adam @Johncdvorak You know what the true tragedy is? It shouldn't fucking matter who is nominated for a supreme court judge, so long as they follow the god damn law. The fact that you can guess exactly the way a Federal Court judge can rule based on the president that appointed them is super fucked.
The courts and the laws have been weaponized.
Politics ruins everything.
@djsumdog @Dan_Ramos @adam @Johncdvorak well, at the level of the supreme court, it is not as simple as 'following the law'. SCOTUS gets involved when it isn't clear how the constitution applies to an ambiguous case in the real world. They use what they know about the founders' intent to try to interpret the text. Black and white cases don't make it to SCOTUS.
> founders' intent
Well, not always. This is the classic debate about constitutionality and originalism. Is the constitution a living document, or should it be foundational? How strong is the weight of precedent in the alterability of court decisions (stare decisis).
Senators use to ask the important questions at confirmation hearings. Unqualified people like Harriet Miers would get confirmed today if the right party endorsed her.
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